National Centre for Initial Teacher Training

in Primary School Science


Developing Primary Teachers Science Knowledge

A bank of self-study materials


Functioning of living organisms

Philip Stephenson
Marcus Grace
Elaine Wilson
Particle Theory
Elaine Wilson
Helen Wilson
Graham Jarvis
Helen Wilson
Magnets & magnetism
Vini Lander
Magnetism: Additional Self Assessment
Charly Ryan & Cynthia Ashcroft
Light & colour
Mike Farmer
Helen Wilson
Rob Johnsey
The Earth and beyond
John Sharp
Fear of Flying: The Physics of Falling

Philip Stephenson


These materials have been specifically produced to support trainee teachers developing their own science subject knowledge and understanding. Each section refers directly to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status relevant to science subject knowledge as defined in ‘Teaching: High Status, High Standards’ DfEE Circular 4/98 AnnexE.

It is strongly recommended that these materials are used in conjunction with other approaches to developing science subject knowledge and understanding; the materials simply provide a knowledge based framework upon which to build understanding.

All these materials are freely photocopiable and are reproduced on the SCIcentre website at

This resource was produced by SCIcentre in collaboration with:


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